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Kankakee levee breach leaves locals worried about flooding

Jasper County residents are bracing for the worst after a levee breach begins to flood their homes.

Posted: Feb 24, 2018 11:43 PM
Updated: Feb 25, 2018 11:33 AM

JASPER COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI)— Jasper County residents are bracing for the worst after a levee breach begins to flood their homes. Travelers should avoid the area of 700 West and 1700 North near State Road 231. 

"I've been a volunteer firefighter for Keener Township for 25 years. This is the worst flooding in 25 years." Randy Woods has seen flood waters in his time, but none quite like this. 

"Now it's just staying up. It just keeps coming and keeps coming," said Woods. 

As flood waters rush into nearby Jasper County neighborhoods. First responders are worried about local residents. 

"They have no intentions of leaving. They've been through this before and they're not leaving," said Woods. 

But some neighbors are new to the area. Nicole Whitlock said she's trying to hang on without leaving.

"We may have to leave. But I mean that's our last resort right now," said Whitlock. "Him and I are just staying here and we're trying to you know keep it together for our kids."

Woods said the water may not stop any time soon.


"It's been growing exponentially today. There is no real plan at this point untill the river goes down enough that we can get in there and actually get it to stop," said Woods. "We're at nature's mercy right now."

Nipsco has been on scene to ensure that gas lines are shut off. They will shut the power off if the flood levels become dangerous.

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